Miss. tightens release after acquittal by insanity

The Associated Press


Mississippi is tightening rules for the release of anyone acquitted of a crime because of insanity.

A new law took effect when Gov. Haley Barbour signed it Monday.

It says there should be a continuing presumption that the person acquitted is mentally ill and dangerous. The person could seek release from a mental institution by having a court hearing to determine if he’s no longer a threat to the community.

The new law says the victim would be notified if the person is released.

Legislators say the change comes in response to temporary leave being granted a Simpson County man sent to a mental hospital after he was acquitted of capital murder by reason of insanity in the 2001 death of a sheriff.

The bill is Senate Bill 2841

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